Rosie O'Donnell's OWN show canceled after 5 months
"I thank Rosie from the bottom of my heart for joining me on this journey. She has been an incredible partner, working to deliver the best possible show every single day," says Oprah Winfrey in a statement. "As I have learned in the last 15 months, a new network launch is always a challenge and ratings grow over time as you continue to gather an audience. I'm grateful to Rosie and the dedicated Rosie Show team for giving it their all."
"I loved working with Oprah in the amazing city of Chicago," says O'Donnell. "I was welcomed with open arms and will never forget the kindness of all I encountered. It was a great year for me -- I wish the show was able to attract more viewers -- but it did not. So I am headed back to my home in New York -- with gratitude. On we go!"
O'Donnell helmed her own syndicated talk show, "The Rosie O'Donnell Show" from 1996-2002. In 2006 she joined "The View" as a replacement for co-host Meredith Vieira. She left in 2007 after a rocky year.
On Friday afternoon, O'Donnell reassured her Twitter followers that she was okay.
"its ok - do not cry - on we grow," she tweeted.